This example demonstrates the generation of an analogue VGA signal from a PIC32 microcontroller using the parallel mode (parallel master port, PMP) peripheral. The result is not entirely satisfactory:
It might be possible introduce some kind of delay to the write strobe (PMWR) and even out the pixel widths, but this has not been investigated.
It appears to be the case that the system and peripheral clock frequencies need to be matched. In this example, a frequency of 48MHz has been chosen.
The pin usage of this solution is documented below.
MCLR# 1 \/ 28 D7/PMD7/RA0 2 27 D6/PMD6/RA1 3 26 RB15/U1TX D0/PMD0/RB0 4 25 RB14 D1/PMD1/RB1 5 24 RB13/(PMRD)/U1RX D2/PMD2/RB2 6 23 PMWR/RB3 7 22 RB11/PGEC2 8 21 RB10/PGED2 RA2 9 20 (PMA0)/RA3 10 19 HSYNC/OC1/RB4 11 18 RB9/PMD3/D3 12 17 RB8/PMD4/D4 13 16 RB7/PMD5/D5 VSYNC/OC2/RB5 14 15
Note that RB6 is not available on pin 15 on this device (it is needed for VBUS unlike the MX170 variant).
UART1 is exposed by the RB13 and RB15 pins.
A flip-flop is used to buffer the outputs:
Dn -> 74HC273:Dn 74HC273:Qn -> Qn VCC -> 74HC273:MR# PMWR -> 74HC273:CP
For two bits of intensity, two bits per colour channel:
Q7 -> 2200R -> I Q6 -> 4700R -> I I -> diode -> R I -> diode -> G I -> diode -> B Q5 -> 470R -> R Q4 -> 1000R -> R Q3 -> 470R -> G Q2 -> 1000R -> G Q1 -> 470R -> B Q0 -> 1000R -> B HSYNC -> HS VSYNC -> VS